Borneo is the largest island in Asia, shared by three countries, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei with more than 70% of the land belonging to Indonesia.
My travel mates and I have just completed our descent from Kota Kinabalu the day before and were ready to explore the wonders Borneo has to offer.
But first, lunch the local way was tasty Tom Yam seafood noodles and Chinese wine noodles which was extremely satisfying and a great start to our day.
We spend the afternoon exploring the town of Kota Kinabalu in markets and craft centres and ended the day by the beach watching the setting of the glowing sun before ending the day with a sumptuous seafood dinner.
A quick 10 mins boat ride from Kota Kinabalu town brings one to the Gaya Island, which is home to a diverse marine life and clear turquoise water. We were welcomed to the island loud sounds of crickets and clear turquoise waters at Gaya Island Resort, our accommodation for the two days.
We checked into our cozy suite on the hill with a partial view of the sea. The suite was spacious and extremely inviting that we could have stayed in the room for the whole day. However, many activities available at the resort got us very interested and we changed into our beach wear and headed for lunch to a private island of Gaya Island Resort.
On the private beach, known as Tavajun Bay, there was a hut where lunch was prepared and deck chairs out on the soft white sand. We laid on the deck chairs while waiting for our lunch to be prepared and served. After lunch we explore Tavajun Bay a little more before taking the boat back.
A visit to the award winning spa was nothing less than divine as it took away all the aches and fatigue of my muscles from the Kota Kinabalu climb. The lush serene surroundings and clean fresh air will definitely relax even the most stressed out individuals.
The next destination was to the Indonesia section of Borneo, Banjarmasin. River City, is also the name of this city which is located at the delta of two rivers. Banjarmasin had its early settlements along the river banks since 1529 and has since developed into a busy city with buildings and malls.
Today, there are much lesser citizens living along the river side and they are usually of lower income as they cannot afford land in the city Living along the river meant that they could just build their own house with wood they bought.
Despite not having much financially, they were very happy and enjoyed themselves often hearing chatters and laughters as we traveled along the river. Not to mention, very friendly to tourists too, waving enthusiastically and shouting their boisterous Hellos to us.
This trip to Borneo has brought me to the heights of the Mount Kinabalu , the depth o of the beautifully conserved marine life of Gaya Island and the warm and welcoming gestures of the Indonesians in Banjarmasin
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